The only presidential administration to suffer a more rapid collapse than Trump's was William Henry Harrison's, but that was only because he died a month in. James Garfield's, too, was effectively shorter than Trump's to date; he also soon died, from his summer wounds. One can't blame either historical president for his administrative brevity. With ferocious determination, however, Trump has yet to spend much time acting as a president might. One could say his actual time in office is negative on balance — far shorter than even Harrison's or Garfield's.
Most of Trump's presidency has been spent on highlighting matters he desperately wishes would go away. The peculiarity of this strategy is rather obvious, as is its doltishness. Still, he persists.
For example yesterday he tweeted that the special counsel's investigation is "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history — led by some very bad and conflicted people!" This is a hard charge to maintain when one's investigator is a pure professional — a fact that Trump's angry tweeting perpetually reinforces. Every time Trump insists that Bob Mueller is a very bad man, a thousand others point out that Bob Mueller is a friggin' Boy Scout.
And of course there's the daily onslaught of front-page news — news that just might make the second page, were Trump ever to stop repeatedly emphasizing its importance. What's more, every news cycle is now shockingly brisk though pointed in duration, because of Trump & Co.'s countless screw-ups even before his inauguration. Those screw-ups are presently coming down in a torrent.
In merely the last 24 hours we have learned that son-in-law Jared Kushner is being investigated for his pre-inauguration business dealings with shady Russian characters. This investigation Jared is unlikely to notice, seeing how he's busy overseeing China, North America, and the Middle East. But his father-in-law will notice, seeing how he isn't doing much else as president. A gush of furious tweets awaits us. We have also learned that the vice president has retained counsel. He might want to worry that this, however, is "not without precedent." Vice President Spiro Agnew also "retained outside counsel." Somehow, that lacks reassurance. And, naturally, we learned as well in the last 24 hours that A.G. Jeff Sessions, who "testified under oath on Tuesday that he did not believe he had any contacts with lobbyists working for Russian interests over the course of Trump’s campaign," in fact had contacts with lobbyists working for Russian interests over the course of Trump’s campaign.
And so it goes, day after bloody day, in this, a presidency of the briefest duration that is nonetheless little more than one long scandal.